In Tampa Bay, arts and culture run deep. Along the 2.6-mile Tampa Riverwalk, and throughout the downtown and Channel districts, a trove of rich culture and history awaits for you to uncover. From the Latin and Cuban influence of Ybor City to the pirate culture influenced by the legendary José Gaspar, visitors can find inspiration and adventure around every corner.
From Broadway shows to classical opera, whatever the performance, the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is the center of it all. This world-class venue is also home to the Florida Orchestra and boasts incredible views of the downtown waterfront.
Film and Performances
Step into the past and sit beneath the stars at the Tampa Theatre. The iconic movie palace opened in 1926 and shows both classic and contemporary films along with concerts. Experience for yourself the intimate feeling of taking in a show from one of their new 500 theatre seats, part of a $6-million restoration.
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Tampa Bay History Center
Uncover historical roots that shaped the Tampa Bay community at the Tampa Bay History Center. Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of everything from Florida’s native inhabitants to the 1920’s cigar boom that forever turned Ybor City into Cigar City.
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Tampa Museum of Art
See things differently at the Tampa Museum of Art. Visually stimulating inside and out, the museum has been recognized with an American Architecture Award for building design and houses a vast collection of modern and contemporary art.
PAINT THE TOWN
If you’re searching for an art scene in Tampa Bay, you will certainly find it. From classic to contemporary, the arts are alive and well in this community and can be seen prominently throughout the diverse neighborhoods. See it in our murals, at the boutique shops in Hyde Park Village, or at any of our cultural and education centers. Florida’s Gulf Coast is full of authentic history and rich cultural experiences for you to discover. Treasure Awaits.